Medical Technology

Medtech is one of the fastest-growing biotech sectors in New Brunswick, second only to natural resource-based biotech.  Medtech start-ups are researching, producing and commercializing pharmaceuticals, diagnostic products, nutraceuticals, synthetic materials, and medical devices, including world leading advanced myoelectronic prosthetics.  

The Fredericton region boasts the provinces’ largest start-up medical technologies cluster, the majority spin-offs from local academic and private research initiatives.  Biotech commercialization is also supported by the region’s uniquely mature knowledge industry and globally experienced engineering companies (one of the largest per capita engineering communities in the country).  

Medical Biotechnology Success Story

Fredericton-based Mycodev produces medical grade chitosan from fermented fungus. The company is working with three medical partners on developing medical products, including bandages that use the properties within chitosan to staunch bleeding.

Relevant Research Centres, Groups and Labs

Fredericton is home to a number of medical technology and bioscience research facilities and laboratories, including:

  • The Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Laboratory
  • The New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT) is a major component of New Brunswick’s Big Data project, which aims to see the province become a Canadian leader on Big Data.  
  • The Natural Products Research Group (NPRG) isolates and identifies natural products with significant potential for application as therapeutic agents. 
  • The Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) is a world renowned, multi-disciplinary research unit with a mandate to further education, research and community service in biomedical engineering. 
  • The Atlantic Clinic for Upper Limb Prosthetics fits myoelectric prostheses. The clinic is involved in the latest research in the field of upper limb prosthetics.   
  • Chronic Illness Research Institute (CIRI), a joint initiative of UNB and St Thomas University, conducts research with community groups and various levels of government to help those with chronic illnesses to manage their disease and access resources.
  • Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) 
  • UNB has a long history of research in clinical motion analysis and has developed one of the most advanced movement analysis laboratories in Canada.
  • Bioenergy and Bioproducts Research Lab (BBRL)


A unique Fredericton-based medical device company, Fredericton-based BioMATcan, has developed a pure biomaterial with applications for orthopedic, dental, and pharmaceutical markets. Its synthetic bone-like material offers the highest purity and bioactivity on the market, the lowest risk of patient infection, and the fastest healing time for patients. BiomATCan’s Fredericton lab is home to “the cleanest room in the province” where its process gets down to the nano-scale where the company’s scientists develop, test, and manufacture the BiomatcAN’s  growing product line.

Materials Research at UNB

Advances in material science significantly impacts applications in a myriad of important sectors such as medicine, computer science, energy, consumer products, architecture, and transportation, redefining the way we live. Materials research at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) involves characterizing, modeling, testing/evaluating, and synthesizing/processing a multitude of "traditional" and advanced materials for a myriad of applications.

Research areas include:

  • Characterization Techniques
  • Engineering Materials (Metals, polymers, other)
  • Advanced Materials (smart, nanomaterials, biomedical and other)
  • Natural Materials (Organic wood and other) and inorganic

Over $37 million spent on materials research in last 5 years - average $7.4 million/year . On average, UNB carried out 135 materials research projects per year - 685 over the last 5 years 

Materials Research Centres and Chairs

  • Wood Science Technology Centre/Canadian Bioenergy Centre (CBEC) 
  • MRI Research Centre 
  • Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (MMF) 
  • Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory 
  • Applied Nano Lab
  • Materials Surface Characterization Laboratory
  • Centre for Laser, Atomic, and Molecular Sciences (CLAMS
  • Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (MMF) Regional)
  • Bioenergy and Bioproducts Research Lab (BBRL)
  • Natural Products Research Group (NPRG)

Relevant Chairs

  • New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Advanced Wood Products
  • Canada Research Chair in Materials Science MRI
  • Richard J. Currie Chair in Nanotechnology